Victoria Fellowship Church
International & Interdenominational
Bible Study Worksheet – August 7th, 2016
Theme: Standing on God’s Promises
Topic: I Will Heal You
Main Texts: 2 Kings 20:1-11; James 5:14-16
Key Verse: 2Kings 20:5b: “… I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will heal you….” (NIV)
In our study last Sunday of God’s promise “I Will Answer You”, we noted that God indeed answers us when we call on Him. We however also noted that there could be situations where He chooses to say nothing for reasons best known to Him and which, eventually, we may get to understand. Our key learning from that study include the following:
- When we continuously resist God, reject His counsel and continue in our sin, a time could come when He stops speaking to us. We need to ensure we stay within the bounds of His grace – where we can still hear Him.
- While it is generally true that God answers us one way or the other when we call upon Him in our difficulty, He may, for reasons best known to Him, not say anything about our situation, even when we are in right standing with Him. This was the case with Job. He may say nothing to us because He deems us unable to accept what He has to say at that point.
- In ministering to those going through difficult times – such as health or financial challenges – we must be careful not to “help God create answers”. This was what Job’s friends did and God eventually told them he was angry with them.
This Sunday, we will be studying one of the most claimed of God’s promises in the Bible: “I Will Heal You”. We uphold that God stands by His word, but we also know that there have been cases where prayers for healing have not met with the answer we sought. Our key learning from this study should include the following:
- It is right for us to ask God for healing of our physical bodies and claim His promise for same. In so doing, we should examine ourselves to be sure we are not putting obstacles in the way of our prayer being answered.
- It is significant that God has instituted that healing be ministered to us through someone else, and demonstrates this in the New Testament. He gave clear instructions on how an ailing member of a Church should seek his or healing, and we would do well to follow His instructions in this regard. Those too proud to follow His instructions may be disappointed.
- God may choose to not heal in specific situations for reasons best known to Him, and which may also be known to the discerning Christian. Examples: (a) A Christian athlete whose successes became a snare of pride sustained an injury which, though healed, left him unfit to continue as an athlete. (b) God chooses to take the life of a Christian because He deems the Christian to have completed his or her assignment on earth. In both of these examples, the discerning Christian may understand God’s purpose; those not discerning may feel disappointed and have their faith shaken.
If we were to take an inventory of desperate prayers we offer to God, prayer for healing would probably top the list. It is the one need for which we tend to demonstrate our ultimate faith, holding on to life even when all odds are against our recovery. This is not without basis. God’s promise to heal us rings right through the Bible. Besides the promise to heal Hezekiah and many other cases of God’s healing touch in the Old Testament, we see that the Lord’s mandate to preach the gospel includes healing (see Matthew 10:8, Luke 10:9). The healing thread continues through the Acts of Apostles and into the Epistles (as we see in James 5:14-16 which we have just read). We also note that these words about healing were not just words, God’s miraculous healing is demonstrated through the entire Bible. However, honesty demands that we admit to the fact that many of us have been disappointed that our faith and expectation for healing has at times been disappointed – we have lost loved ones prematurely and some of us or our loved ones live with some debilitating ailment.
1. Are there reasons due to us why God may not heal us despite our being in right standing with Him and having unwavering faith that He would heal us? A study of cases of miraculous healings in the Bible indicates His intervention through some third party, even when the beneficiary is His person. We see prophet Isaiah involved in the healing of Hezekiah. In the Gospels, we see Jesus minister healing to many. In the Acts of Apostles, many received their healing through the ministration of the disciples, confirming that healing is one of the ministries of the Holy Spirit. In the earlier chapters of James’ letter, he had encouraged the Christians to speak to God about their needs. Hear him, concerning wisdom: “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” (James 1:5 NIV) However, when it comes to healing, He says, “Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord.” (James 5:14 NIV). This is a clear instruction for receiving our healing.
2. What has been the experience of your local Church as regards obedience to God in matters of healing, and experiencing His promise “I Will Heal You”? We often say tongue-in-cheek, “everyone wants to go to heaven, but no one wants to die”. God told King Hezekiah about whom we have just read that his time was up, that he would not recover from his illness but would die soon. Hezekiah could not take it because he deemed dying at that time would be premature and he was unprepared. He didn’t think he had accomplished all he set out to do. So he pleaded with God, reminding Him of how faithful he had been in serving Him. We are not much different from Hezekiah. Most of us would still want to hold on to faith in God’s healing touch no matter how old we are. Truly, God says of the one who loves Him: “With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.” (Psalms 91:16 NIV)
3. Are there cases of sickness where we might no longer be inclined to believe God for healing because we consider death to no longer be premature?
Father, teach us to walk with you, to know Your ways such that we can approach You with confidence to receive the fulfillment of Your promises, especially that of healing for ourselves and our loved ones. In Jesus’